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Turkey and the Libyan and Syrian Civil Wars

The so-called “Arab Spring,” which erupted in late 2010, brought several Arab countries to a state of near or in some cases total collapse.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saw this as an opportunity to further his perpetual quest for broad regional power

  • By Col. (res.) Dr. Dan Gottlieb and Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar
  • Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

Earlier in 2010, prior to the uprisings, he had sent the Mavi Marmara cruise ship to “save” Hamas in Gaza from the “Zionist blockade.”

In February 2011, following the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, he threw Turkish support behind the Muslim Brotherhood and provided support to Qatar, the…

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